Melinda Hill

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Melinda Hill
Melinda Hill
Melinda Hill in costume behind the scenes of Romantic Encounters
Born Lawrence, Kansas, US[1]
Occupation Comedian, actor, writer

Melinda Hill is an American comedian, actor, and writer best known for her stand-up comedy work,[2][3] including appearances on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Bonnie Hunt Show,[4] America's Got Talent,[5] Comics Unleashed, and Who Wants to Date a Comedian? and as the host of Comedy.TV.[4] Hill, whose comedy "plays on" and subverts audience expectations created by her "bubbly, adorable, deceptively demure" appearance and presentation,[6] produces the critically acclaimed weekly standup show What's Up, Tiger Lily?, which has been running since 2006 and is known for having the best stand ups and storytellers in the world, as well as frequent celebrity drop-ins. The show has been called "one of the top 10 stand up shows in LA" and "best Monday night stand up show" by LA Weekly, as well as "one of the 9 best comedy clubs in LA" by LAist.[7] Hill is also a regular at The Comedy Store, Improv, and on storytelling shows such as Sit N Spin at Comedy Central Stage and Don't Tell My Mother![8] She released two storytelling albums, which prompted LA Weekly to call her "the female David Sedaris".

As an actor, Hill has appeared on Reno 911!,[9] The Sarah Silverman Program,[10] Glory Daze, and Nick Swardson's Pretend Time,[11] produced by Adam Sandler, and in the film Bright Day opposite Bill Maher. As a voice actor, she has performed on Adventure Time[12] and in the Emmy Award-winning Citibank commercial "Outfit".[13] In 2012 and 2013, she created, wrote, and starred in the web series Romantic Encounters and All Growz Up with Melinda Hill.[14][15] In 2014, Hill and Maria Bamford co-created, wrote, and starred in The Program, produced by Funny or Die Productions.

As a writer, she is also a regular contributor to XoJane, HelloGiggles, and The Huffington Post and worked as a staff writer on the TV series Kickin' It.[16]

Critics have labeled Hill part of the "rom-com renaissance" and compared her work to Woody Allen's and Judd Apatow's and her versatility to Louis C.K.'s.[17] Romantic Encounters with Melinda Hill was awarded for "outstanding achievement in writing and acting" at the 2014 LA Web Fest,[18] was nominated for a 2013 LA Weekly award for "best comedy series" and was an Indiewire Critic's Pick for "best comedy web series".[19] In 2014, Romantic Encounters was a finalist in the "Make Em Laff" competition sponsored by Funny or Die and Los Angeles Film Festival with a screening at The Grammy Museum.

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role
2005 Best Week Ever Tooth Fairy (Confessions of a Tooth Fairy sketch)
2007 The Sarah Silverman Program[10] Joyce
The Winner Susan
Frank TV Sharon Stone
Comics Unleashed Herself
The World Stands Up Herself
2008 The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson Herself
NESN's Comedy All Stars Herself
2009 Reno 911! Crying Biker Chick
Bollywood Hero Heather
The Bonnie Hunt Show[4] Herself
The Smoking Gun Presents: World's Dumbest...[14] Herself
2010 Important Things with Demetri Martin[4] Sarah
Comedy.TV[4] Host
2010-2011 Nick Swardson's Pretend Time[1] Wheelchair Cat's Assistant; Nick's Girlfriend; Becky
2011 Glory Daze[10] Stewardess Jennifer
Who Wants to Date a Comedian?[20] Herself
2012 America's Got Talent[5] Herself
2012 Standup in Stilettos[21] Herself
2011-2013 Adventure Time[12] Doctor Princess/Crab Princess/Frozen Yogurt Princess

Web series[edit]

Year Title Role
2012-2013 Romantic Encounters[5] Melinda
2013 All Growz Up with Melinda Hill[12] Herself
2014 The Program Kelsey

Films[edit]

Year Title Role
2001 Totally Blonde Hotel Blonde
2003 Vampires Anonymous Herself
2010 Bright Day[4] Bonnie
I Am Comic Herself
2011 Perfection Comedian

Discography[edit]

Year Title
2010 Power Hot Tubbing
2011 The Accidental Bisexual[1]
2013 Six Ways to Bomb on America's Got Talent[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Downs, Gordon. "Interview: Melinda Hill". Retrieved 15 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Melinda Hill will have you Laughing Out Loud on Maui". Aloha Update. Retrieved April 20, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Melinda Hill's Online Dating Comedy, "Marriage Material" @ Maui Cultural Center". mauivents.com. January 7, 2011. Retrieved November 26, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f Saxon, Sarah. "Q & A With Melinda Hill & Jillian Lauren of Eat My Podcast". Ms. Behaved. Retrieved 15 November 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c Gadino, Dylan. "Behind the scenes of America’s Got Talent from a comedian who bombed". Laughspin. Retrieved 15 November 2013. 
  6. ^ Carrie, Stephanie. "Interview with Jason Cilo – President of Meetinghouse Productions". LA Weekly. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "What's Up, Tiger Lily? – Every Week Monday, 8:00pm – The Hollywood Studio Bar & Grill". Retrieved November 26, 2011. 
  8. ^ Bartolone, Tony. "Everybody's Talking About Don't Tell My Mother". Huffington Post. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  9. ^ "Melinda Hill | Comics Unleashed". June 23, 2011. Retrieved November 26, 2011. 
  10. ^ a b c Miller, Julie. "Before The Rock's Take Came Kristen Wiig's 'Tooth Fairy'". Next Movie. 
  11. ^ Libby Molyneaux (April 8, 2010). "MAKE US LAUGH, FUNNY GIRL! MELINDA HILL". LA Weekly. Retrieved November 26, 2011. 
  12. ^ a b c "We are Obsessed with Melinda Hill’s ‘All Growz Up’ Web Series". Comedy Cake. Retrieved 15 November 2013. 
  13. ^ Anderson, Mae. "Fallon Nabs Emmy for Citibank Spot". Adweek. Retrieved 19 November 2013. 
  14. ^ a b Carrie, Stephanie. "Steph's LA Weekly Feature Series – Melinda Hill's Romantic Encounters". LA Weekly. Retrieved October 18, 2013. 
  15. ^ Chestang, Raphael. "Andy Dick Talks Making Out with an "Old Lady"". Retrieved October 15, 2013. 
  16. ^ a b Richardson, Emma Kat. "The Laughspin Interview with Melinda Hill, aka the Sad Secrets of Melinda Hill". Laughspin. Retrieved 15 November 2013. 
  17. ^ Berry, Melissa. ""All Growz Up" - Quirky interviews hosted by comedian Melinda Hill in an alley". Retrieved 28 January 2014. 
  18. ^ . LA Web Fest http://www.lawebfest.com/. Retrieved 31 March 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  19. ^ Christian, Aymar Jean. "Critic's Picks: 2013's Best Comedy Web Series, and 18 More You Need to Watch Now". Indiewire. Retrieved 28 January 2014. 
  20. ^ Hill, Melinda. "14 Oct, 2013 Tweet by @melindahill". Twitter. Retrieved 15 November 2013. 
  21. ^ "Stand-Up Comic TV Appearances: Mon, 11/26 – Sat, 12/1". Stage Time Magazine. Retrieved 15 November 2013. 

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